Our vision, mission and values

Our vision is a world without barriers for every deaf child

Our mission

To remove the barriers to the achievement of deaf children throughout the world

Our values

Change-focused
Everything we do is targeted to bring us closer to our mission of a world without barriers for every deaf child. Whether challenging key decision makers or working collaboratively with other organisations, we will adopt whatever approach is required to achieve our mission.

Accountable
As a membership organisation, we are accountable for everything we do, both to our members and to the deaf children and young people we are here to serve.

Empowering
We believe that with the right support, deaf children can do anything other children can do. We empower deaf children, young people and their families to make informed choices and influence decisions affecting them. This approach is carried through into everything we do.

Inclusive
We aim to support all deaf children and young people, but put particular focus on those who most need our support. This includes deaf children from families in poverty, those with additional complex needs and those from a black and minority ethnic background.

We believe that

  • Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given early diagnosis and the right support from the start.
  • Deaf children should be involved in decisions which affect them at as early an age as possible.
  • Families are the most important influence on deaf children and young people, and need clear, balanced information to make informed choices.
  • Effective language and communication skills lie at the heart of deaf children and young people’s social, emotional and intellectual development.
  • Deaf children should be valued by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.